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Spokane Housing Authority

55 W Mission Avenue
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington 99201

Spokane Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Homeownership Voucher programs. As of September 28th, 2020, Spokane Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Pope Francis Haven Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Spokane Housing Authority serves Spokane County.

The following agencies operate on behalf of Spokane Housing Authority:

Agency Serves
Community Action Center Whitman Whitman County
Rural Resources Community Action Ferry County, Lincoln County, Pend Oreille County, Stevens County
Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Pope Francis Haven Apartments Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Spokane County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, and Whitman, Washington Homeownership Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Spokane Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Spokane Housing Authority Website: http://www.spokanehousing.org/.

Spokane Housing Authority Phone: (509) 328-2953.

COVID-19 Update: As of July 3, 2020, the Spokane Housing Authority website says:

"All Spokane Housing Authority offices will continue to be closed to the public until further notice as a proactive measures to decrease the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease. Rent payments and critical functions will continue and staff is returning to regular schedules; however, there may be longer than usual times in our ability to respond to your questions. Thank you for your continued patience during this time."

More coronavirus information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Pope Francis Haven Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Project Based Voucher waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom  apartments at Pope Francis Haven Apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from July 6, 2020 at 8:00 am PT, until further notice.

  • The Pope Francis Haven Apartments are located at 16412 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99037. This complex opened in 2017 and offers 51 service enriched two and three bedroom units for homeless families with children.

There are five ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Print the paper application that is available online here.
  2. Pick up a paper application from the Pope Francis Haven Apartments leasing office, located at 16412 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99037.
  3. Call the Pope Francis Haven Apartments leasing office at (509) 960- 7620.
  4. Email the SHA at customerservice@spokanehousing.org.
  5. Call the Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment at (509) 325-5005.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, read the SHA public notice, or visit the SHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SHA, as of July 8, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Spokane Valley, Washington.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 960- 7620.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 07/28/2020.

Other Spokane Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Spokane County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in January 2016, and before that for five days in January 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Disabled, elderly (62+), families with children.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Closed: Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, and Whitman, Washington Homeownership Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership waiting list is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 1st, 2019, until September 15th, 2019.

Please note: According to the SHA, "To qualify you must:

  • Be a current Housing Choice Voucher participant for at least one full year.
  • Have copy of the First Time Homebuyer's Certificate to present to SHA for each member of the household over the age of 18 years."
  • According to a SHA representative, the First Time Homebuyer's Certificate is given once a person has completed the homeownership course.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Submit electronic copies of the certificates
  2. Bring the certificates into SHA during normal business hours.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Public housing residents affected by a RAD conversion

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SHA website.

Last Updated on 09/15/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

A list of all SHA Public Housing communities can be found here.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Last Updated on 09/28/2018.

About Spokane Housing Authority

More information about Spokane Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.spokanehousing.org/.

Representatives of Spokane Housing Authority may be available by phone at (509) 328-2953. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of September 28th, 2020, it is not known if Spokane Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 02/07/2019, Spokane Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Homeownership Voucher Program

For more information about the SHA Section 8 HCV Homeownership waiting list, visit this page.


About the Spokane Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Spokane Housing Authority manages 5,153 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 4,015 35 74 24 139 198 596
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $446 $439 $583 $356 $1,167 $403 $415
Monthly Cost $1,789,930 $15,356 $43,162 $8,546 $162,224 $79,775 $247,121

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Spokane Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 13% having issued approximately 388 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,239 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 9% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 71% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 68% of all households were headed by a female.

20% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Spokane Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Spokane Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $308 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $530. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Spokane Housing Authority

Parsons Hotel

108 S Jefferson St
Spokane, Washington

Spokane Ha

8803 E Michielli Pl
Spokane Valley, Washington

Low Income Housing Managed by Spokane Housing Authority

Home Yard Cottages

N Hemlock St and W Fairview Ave
Spokane, Washington
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized
Homeless Supportive Housing